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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘will start Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Brighton


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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘will start Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Brighton

The opening of the new Premier League season is approaching, and Manchester United fans will be looking forward to seeing their side get off to a good start against Brighton on Friday night. The Red Devils have won five straight games in pre-season, which includes victories over Lazio and Real Madrid, but now there are questions about who will start in attack for Jose Mourinho’s men. Cristiano Ronaldo was named as a starter on Wednesday morning, with Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata starting alongside him up front. However, it appears that this was only ever going to be a publicity stunt – speculation has suggested that he would start only if there were no other strikers available or if such an act would help promote his new CR7 clothing line with Nike.

Manchester United’s pre-season preparations took another twist when Cristiano Ronaldo was named as a starter for the opening game of the Premier League campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo will start Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Brighton on Sunday, the club have confirmed. The 33-year-old forward has been named in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up for the season opener at Old Trafford, just days after returning to training following an extended vacation with his family in Italy.

“I’m very happy because it’s always good to play,” said Ronaldo when asked about his return to first team action after two years away from football. “It does not matter how many games you play or how much time you spend on holiday.”

The Portuguese international striker has been impressing during pre-season preparations so far with three goals from four appearances so far this summer including one against Real Madrid last week which was his first goal since joining Manchester United back in 2009 (via Daily Mail).

United are preparing to face Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly at Allianz Arena on Sunday.

United are preparing to face Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly at Allianz Arena on Sunday.

The match will take place just four days before United’s Premier League opener against Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday, August 12 (8pm).

United have been drawn against the Bundesliga giants for their first game of the new season after winning the Europa League last season. They beat Liverpool 2-1 in this year’s final at Stockholm’s Friends Arena last month but lost out on penalties after a 1-1 draw during normal time.

Ahead of that match, which kicks off at 5pm BST, here’s everything you need to know about it:

Jose Mourinho had named his starting XI for the game on social media, but the list contained one significant alteration with Ronaldo listed as a starter.

Jose Mourinho had named his starting XI for the game on social media, but the list contained one significant alteration with Ronaldo listed as a starter.

The Portuguese forward has been struggling with an injured calf since mid-April and missed United’s Europa League final defeat to Ajax in Stockholm last month. He did return to light training this week though and it is likely that he will start against Brighton on Friday night at Old Trafford (20:00 BST).

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri triggered a wave of social media reaction by posting a photo of the team sheet, with Ronaldo starting alongside Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata in attack.

Tancredi Palmeri, an Italian journalist who works for La Gazzetta dello Sport, posted a photo of the team sheet on Twitter.

The photo featured Ronaldo starting alongside Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata in attack.

The move prompted a wave of social media reaction from fans and pundits alike, with some suggesting that it would be a shock if he did not start at Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on August 10 – but others warned him against trying to prove too much after being out of action since July 26th due to injury (he was substituted during Real Madrid’s Champions League final defeat against Liverpool).

It is understood that Ronaldo was only ever going to start as a publicity stunt, but United have never officially confirmed this.

It is understood that Ronaldo was only ever going to start as a publicity stunt, but United have never officially confirmed this.

The 33-year-old forward has been in fine form for Real Madrid since returning from suspension and he will be hoping to continue his good form against Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

The blunder comes just days after Mourinho was forced to issue an apology after he had made derogatory comments about Anthony Martial online.

You’re probably wondering what Cristiano Ronaldo is doing at Manchester United.

Well, the Portugese superstar has signed a contract with the club and will be joining them in their Premier League opener against Brighton on Friday night.

The blunder comes just days after Mourinho was forced to issue an apology after he had made derogatory comments about Anthony Martial online.

He posted on Instagram using the words “scaredy cats”, which led to criticism on social media from some United supporters and martial’s representative Philip Hallam-Baker.

Mourinho’s comments were made on Instagram, where he posted a photo of Martial with the words “scaredy cats”. This led to criticism from some United supporters and Martial’s representative Philip Hallam-Baker.

Mourinho was forced to apologize for his comments, saying that he regretted them and that he did not mean them as an insult against Martial. However, this did not stop people from criticising him over his attitude towards Manchester United’s players and staff.

If Martial does not complete his move to Juventus before Thursday – the deadline is 5pm UK time – then it would seem inevitable that he will be included in Mourinho’s 18-man squad for Brighton’s visit next Friday night.

Martial is determined to leave United, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid both interested in signing him.

If Martial does not complete his move to Juventus before Thursday – the deadline is 5pm UK time – then it would seem inevitable that he will be included in Mourinho’s 18-man squad for Brighton’s visit next Friday night.

The summer transfer window is now open, so clubs can begin negotiations with players’ representatives and make offers for them.

While no deal is close yet, Martial remains determined to leave and appears certain to depart if a club meets United’s valuation of around £70m.

While no deal is close yet, Martial remains determined to leave and appears certain to depart if a club meets United’s valuation of around £70m.

The Frenchman is understood to be unhappy at being left out of Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up by the Portuguese during their first season together and has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent months.

Conclusion

In the end, it is all about the money. Mourinho wants Martial but Juventus want an offer closer to £100m. United are not prepared to pay that amount of cash and so the game will go ahead without him. It has been a messy process, but Martial still wants out of Old Trafford and his agent remains optimistic that things will change in his favour soon enough.

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